Chili Cornbread Cobbler

Dress up your pot of chili and pan of cornbread by transforming the duo into a savory cobbler.
By Kelsey Hilts

Chili Cornbread Cobbler

This twist on the classic comfort food combo of chili and cornbread combines the two foods into one dish.  The cobbler can be served in individual ramekins or in one large baking dish.  The creative presentation makes it appealing for dinner parties, appetizer courses and potlucks {think Super Bowl!}.  Bake cornbread muffins with the leftover cornbread batter or refrigerate leftover chili and cornbread batter separately and bake more cobblers to order another day.

Chili Cornbread Cobbler

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Chili Cornbread Cobbler
 
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Dress up a pot of chili and pan of cornbread by transforming the duo into a savory cobbler. This twist on the classic comfort food combo of chili and cornbread combines the two foods into one dish.
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Recipe Type: Main Course
Serves: 8+
Ingredients
Chili Meat
  • 1 pound (0,5 kg) of ground turkey, chicken or beef
  • ¼ tsp (1-2g) salt
  • ¼ tsp (0,7g) black pepper
  • ½ tsp (1,5g) garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp (0,7g) cumin
  • ¼ tsp (0,2g) oregano
  • ¼ tsp (0,7g) chili powder
Chili
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pasilla pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeño or serrano peppers, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp (45g) tomato paste
  • 3 - 3½ cups (710-828 mL) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp (8-9g) chili powder (ideally a mix of chiles such as ancho and chile de arbol)
  • ½ tsp (1,5g) cumin
  • ½ tsp (2,5g) salt
  • ¼ tsp (0,6g) black pepper
  • ¼ tsp (0,6g) cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp (0,6g) paprika
Cornbread Topping
  • 1 cup (99g) flour
  • 2 tsp (7,5g) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (2,5g) salt
  • 1 cup (170g) cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup (85g) honey or (48g) sugar
  • 1 cup (236 mL) milk
  • ¼ cup (57g) shortening or (30g) low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup (150g) canned corn, drained
Instructions
Cornbread Cobbler
  1. Mix the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and stir the batter until it is smooth.
Chili Meat
  1. Coat the bottom of a pan with oil and heat at medium-high.
  2. Brown the meat with the spices listed above (1/4 tsp (1g) salt – ¼ tsp (0,7g) chili powder). The meat can still be raw in the center because it will continue to cook as the chili simmers.
Chili
  1. Lightly coat a large pot with oil and cook the onion, garlic and peppers over medium heat until they are translucent.
  2. Add the browned meat and the remaining ingredients to the pot.
  3. Let the chili simmer for thirty minutes to an hour (or longer), continuing to season it to taste once the meat is fully cooked.
  4. Spoon one cup chili into each of the oven-safe individual serving dishes.
  5. Pour ⅓ cup cornbread batter over the chili.
  6. Place the dishes on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the corn bread is cooked and golden and the chili is bubbling up around the edges.
  7. Garnish the chili cornbread cobblers with light sour cream or Greek yogurt drizzled with honey.

 

Kelsey Hilts

Kelsey Hilts is the founder of Itsy Bitsy Foodies, an online resource for families looking for ways to spend more time together enjoying food and exploring the world beyond the children’s menu.

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